Camera is 4 years old and has taken very detailed pictures. Recently the zoom operation has become 'stiff' and the auto focus is not at sharp as it was. Can the lens assembly be accessed and cleaned or lubricated?
Kodak's cost of repair is excessive and I have 3 accessory lenses that are not usable with Kodak's current offerings.
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Re: Lens Mechanism Issue
Yes, the lens can be cleaned and repaired. But you need to almost completely disassemble the camera. If you are very good at mechanical repair on small items you can fix it. You need to be very patient. If you have big fingers like I do forget it. It's why I hired women to do my fine assembly work. You need the "jeweler's" touch if you know what I mean. The inside workings of the camera are really small and require a Magnifier with a light to see. Jewelers screw drivers and tweezers. Use Methanol to clean and not acetone. Alcohol works but Methanol is better. All the connectors are micros and irreplaceable if broken. The screw sizes (0-80 series and smaller)are mixed so care must be taken when replacing in the right location.
If all this doesn't scare you then good luck.
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You did not say which lens or lenses you are using, but most auto-focus lenses have a switch for selecting manual or auto-focus. First, check your camera's menu settings to make sure auto-focus is enabled and then your lens to make sure you did not accidently leave it in the manual focus position? If it is in the auto-focus position and still not taking sharp pictures, switch it to manual and see if you can get it to focus correctly. It is also possible that your auto-focus alignment is out because your camera was bumped, jolted or dropped. If realignment is necessary, you can send the camera and lens to Nikon for repair or find a knowledgeable camera repairman.
Please recheck on the work that was done earlier as the mechanism could be jammed and not reponding to shut down. SInce the lens was taken out and reset if the auto focus/zoom mechanism was struck or jammed this can cause the camera to shut down.
Sounds like there is some issue with the lens mechanism. Most probably something
like a grain of sand fell into the cogs in the zoom mechanism (been
taking pictures on a beach? ;). Dirt gets into the mechanism through
the gaps between the zoom barrels and the camera body. One tiny grain
of sand is enough to cause the lens mechanism to jam or malfunction. Unfortunately,
this is a problem with pretty much all compact zoom cameras. Usually
there is not much you can do with this. First thing I try in cases like
these is gently tapping the camera to shift whatever might be blocking
the mechanism. If unsuccessul, then only way I know to fix this is
completely stripping the lens to clean it or swapping the lens with one
taken from another camera ("donors" available on ebay ;). If you are
not keen on tinkering with your camera I would suggest selling it on
ebay - TZ3s with lens mechanism issues still fetch pretty good prices. Sorry if this is not much of a help, but unfortunately there is no easy fix to this one. Good luck, Raf
I see this same problem occuring all over the internet on Canon lenses. Autofocus not working any longer. For some stupid reason the lense will lock up and quit autofocus while other lenses will work fine. A light pull on the lense focus ring away from the camera body will give a noticable pop or click which unlocks the jammed lense. Try it if you are having troubles with your autofocus. This is a very common problem and worth giving it a try.
Just fixed the same problem on mine. This is what I did: Unscrew 6 small screws around the lens casing and remove the casing (two layers ((rings)). Jiggle the inner most lens casing while you turn power on. The lens moving (i.e., auto focus) mechanism becomes unstuck. Voila. The problem in my case was caused by the dust that accumulated inside the casing and caused the auto focus mechanism not to move freely. Good luck.